CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says police officers who commit mistakes will be punished, after rising criticism of police in domestic media following the deaths of three people in police custody last month.
El-Sissi's speech at a police academy was broadcast live on national TV.
Police brutality was one of the main grievances of protesters in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The death of a man in Luxor while in police custody sparked riots in the southern city, while in the port city of Ismailia, anger erupted following the death of a pharmacist who had quarreled with a police officer. In the Nile Delta province of Qalyoubiya, police officials are investigating claims that a man was tortured to death by a police officer.